Competency Management: Understanding the Return on Effort

Built upon a skills gap analysis, competency management – on its surface – is relatively simple. It consists of three basic activities: Define the competency requirements for each job role in terms of the skills and proficiencies that are required for high performance. Assess employees’ comfort level with the skills and proficiencies identified. Analyze the… Read More

How to Choose Government Competency Management Technology

I’m often asked whether competency management systems for commercial entities work well for government organizations, too. The answer is “not necessarily.” Corporations and government organizations have similar competency management needs. Both have an interest in understanding the skills, knowledge, abilities and behaviors that their employees need to succeed. Both want a “dashboard” that displays current… Read More

8 Critical Success Factors for Competency Management Implementation

Competency management can be used in a variety of ways to benefit an organization. From recruitment to hiring to compensation to training, there is a broad spectrum of applications that can benefit from a solid competency management method. Before embarking on the process of creating a competency management method, it is important to consider these… Read More

4 Simple Steps That Boost Workforce Performance

High performing organizations understand that success depends on the knowledge and skills of their employees. They also realize that formal education doesn’t entirely prepare employees with the appropriate skills needed to perform optimally within their specific industry or organization. Hence the reason training is so important. However, many organizations find it challenging to move from… Read More

(Part 2) Integrating a Competency Management Method: Why It Results in Success

While competency management is sometimes seen as a “complementary” resource to existing human resources functions such as acquisition, training, and succession planning, it is, in fact, much more important than that. Employees and their skills are among the most important assets in any organization, and investing to improve that asset is essential for the growth… Read More

Integrating a Competency Management Method – 5 Steps (Part 1)

It would be hard to argue against the many benefits of effective competency management. Access to the skills inventory of a workforce to use for performance improvement alone would be enough reason for any organization to implement a competency management method. Integrating a Competency Management Method with workforce development and training requires a specific process… Read More